Zynga Reviews

Updated April 18, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Challenging place to work at, but fun once you find your niche

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zynga full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You get to work with some of the smartest people in the Valley regardless of the discipline. There's also a strong chance that you'll become a big fan of the product you are working on as well.

    Cons

    i think the biggest problem at Zynga is the number of pivots a product might go through and those decisions coming from the execs.

    Advice to Management

    Trust the smart people you've hired and let them create a product based on data and instincts.

  2. Strong individual contributors, no leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Current Employee - Product Manager

    I have been working at Zynga

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong product folks and devs

    Cons

    Weak leadership, constant changes in strategy and org structure

  3. Management is really bad

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Zynga

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart co workers and some fun people

    Cons

    Most people work themselves to death and the managers reward them for it, if you don't work 80 hour weeks you get looked down upon and excluded

    Advice to Management

    Rework your entire management structure and company culture, it sucks

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Currently at Z-town

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CA - California in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - CA - California in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Zynga

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, lots of opportunity to fix things, great perks (love the food!), fun company culture, and love having an on-site gym.

    Cons

    However, some of the negative aspects are around the financial health and longevity of the company, change in management and direction, and lack of resources.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to get GREAT games out, invest in the people (training goes a long way), and pay fairly (there are other options in SF...).

  6. Sr. Producer

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Producer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Producer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Cooperative Team, Long team company Goal, Lot of Product initiative, Great Leadership

    Cons

    Centralized Decision Making, Not expanding beyond US audience, Over do on Re-skin of old franchise.

  7. Nice place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zynga

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Good benefits
    - Free meals
    - Good work

    Cons

    - Bad growth
    - unsturctured management
    - long working hours

  8. Helpful (1)

    Good Learninf but uneven work distibution

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Zynga

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Good food
    - Lots of learning of how system, scalibility and coding can be worked/optimised
    - Supporting colleagues
    - HR, Colleagues. Managers even GM of the comapny in India is reachable at any time(literally)
    - Extreme visibility, people know you exist in team and are working on things which is always important.

    Cons

    - Tight deadlines at time screwing work-life balance (not always)
    - Software developers have more pressure than other teams like game design /art and even if design had fault in there end, engineering pays up spending extra hours to recitfy it.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more engineers than designers, you really need engineers more than designers to clean up the mess at times.

  9. good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Developer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Zynga

    Pros

    Feels good to be working here. Games apps etc

    Cons

    Tough deadlines. Wrap up quick

  10. smart people, weird politics

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zynga

    Pros

    smart people to work with

    Cons

    lots of big changes happening all the time.

  11. woo hoo

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Zynga full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    fun place to work at

    Cons

    only give promotions to top producers.

    Advice to Management

    reward the peons too.

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